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Talking to Your Doctor

Glaucoma is a chronic medical condition. You should work with your eye care professional and his or her staff to get the information you need about treatment to lower your IOP. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.


Questions to ask your doctor:

This checklist of questions may help you gather the information you need about open-angle glaucoma and its treatment. Print it, check off the questions that you have right now, and bring the list with you to your next appointment so you’ll remember what you want to talk about. You may want to ask other questions on the list at a future appointment. Over time, you can find the answers to the questions you have about your condition and treatment.

My Eyes

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What caused my condition?
  • What is the difference between my visual acuity and my visual field?
  • Has my visual field or my optic nerve been affected by high eye pressure?
  • Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?

My Treatment

  • What is the best long-term treatment for my condition?
  • What are the benefits of this treatment?
  • What are the risks and side effects associated with
    this treatment?
  • What can be done if my daily eyedrop routine is complex and difficult for me to manage?

My Tests

  • What kinds of tests will I have?
  • What can I expect to find out from these tests?
  • When will I know the results?
  • How do you monitor if damage to my optic nerve is getting worse over time?
  • Can I get copies of my test results for my records?

Other Suggestions

  • Don't be embarrassed to say "I don't understand"
  • Make sure you are comfortable with your doctor's answers before you leave the office
  • Bring a friend or family member to your appointments—to take notes, to remind you of your questions, or just
    for support
  • Ask for written instructions, printed materials, or references to relevant websites
  • Talk to the medical staff and support personnel in your doctor's office; they can help with information, follow-up questions, and referrals to other services
  • Take an active role in your eye care

Indication: COMBIGAN® (brimonidine tartrate/timolol maleate ophthalmic solution) 0.2%/0.5% is approved for reducing elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension who require adjunctive or replacement therapy due to inadequately controlled IOP. COMBIGAN® lowers IOP slightly less than taking both brimonidine tartrate three times a day and timolol maleate two times a day.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Contraindications: COMBIGAN® ophthalmic solution should not be used by patients who have or ever had a reactive airway disease including bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, slow heartbeat, impaired conduction of the heart, heart failure, or impaired pumping of the heart. COMBIGAN® should not be used in patients aged 2 years and younger, or by patients with hypersensitivity to any ingredient in this product.

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